As the world returns to some level of normalcy following strict stay-at-home orders, many of our inner adventurers are itching to buy a ticket to somewhere exotic.
Kenya, one of the most popular countries in Africa (it was the fifth-most visited country in sub-Saharan Africa!), is a place that often comes to mind.
Known for its diverse wildlife, jaw-dropping beaches, and plenty of safari opportunities, many of us have daydreamed of getting a Kenya visa for British citizens and setting off on our own adventures.
If you’re planning to make your dreams come true and visit Kenya this year, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the current entry requirements, what to see, and how to come back to the United Kingdom.
Kenya Entry Requirements
Kenya has different entry requirements depending on the traveller’s country of origin. Foreign travellers are categorized into three groups: those that have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government facility; those that have to undergo self-isolation for 7 days; and those exempt from quarantine.
After all flight restrictions between Kenya and the United Kingdom were lifted on June 11, British nationals could enter Kenya.
At the moment, the United Kingdom belongs to the second group: all incoming travellers will need to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival; take a PCR test four days after arriving; and submit daily health information (including their fourth day PCR results) via the Jitenge government app.
To enter Kenya, all visitors coming to Kenya from the United Kingdom must also show proof of a negative PCR test that was taken within 96 hours before travel. The only exception to this rule are children 5 years of age or younger.
These conditions apply to every traveller coming from the United Kingdom, regardless of their nationality, residency, and route taken when traveling to Kenya.
Finally, all incoming travellers to Kenya will also need to complete a COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form.
Domestic Coronavirus Restrictions
Once travellers have arrived in Kenya, they must follow a handful of domestic restrictions.
Perhaps the most important rule to remember is the nationwide curfew. Nobody is allowed outside between the hours of 10 pm to 4 am without a valid reason.
Likewise, Kenya has declared 13 “hotspot zones,” which are areas of particular concern around the country. These counties are singled out because they are the source of 60% of the country’s new infections and have more than double the average positive COVID-19 test results.
The majority of hotspot zones are centred around the Lake Basin region and include Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties. In these areas, the curfew is between 7 pm to 4 am, and travel is strongly discouraged.
The Kenyan government encourages other basic hygiene measures, such as maintaining proper social distance, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask.
What To See In Kenya
Planning a trip to Kenya can be hard — there are so many fantastic things to do! — which is why we narrowed it down to the best activities.
The most popular tourist attraction in Kenya is a trip to the Maasai Mara. Known as the largest and best example of wildlife conservation in the country, the Maasai Mara offers an endless array of rare animals to see while on safari.
All the way on the east coast is Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya. It is also known by its moniker ‘the white and blue city’ thanks to its stunning turquoise waters and white sands.
The city is a melting pot of British, Portuguese, and Arabian cultures, and its cuisine and architecture prove it. History buffs will have their fill of fun by visiting the Old City, with its narrow streets, traditional Swahili huts, markets, and souvenir shops.
Last but certainly not least, Nairobi, the capital, deserves a special mention. Start off your acquaintance with the country by visiting The National Museum of Nairobi, which brings together exhibitions on the history, nature, culture, and art of Kenya in one place.
Another popular tourist attraction is the Karen Blixen Museum, which is the restored residence of the famous Danish author of Out Of Africa.
UK Entry Requirements
Although nobody wants their dream holiday to end, knowing the current UK entry requirements will make it much easier to travel home.
Similar to Kenya, the United Kingdom has a stoplight system for arrivals where countries are categorized into red, amber, or green lists depending on their epidemiological situation.
At the moment, Kenya is classified as a red country on the UK’s list. This means that travellers coming back to England must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 3 days before entering the UK); fill out a passenger locator form; and book quarantine arrangements.
Travellers coming back from a red country must quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved hotel. During this stay, travellers will need to take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. These requirements must be followed, even by those who are fully vaccinated.